POOLHALL JUNKIES demands the viewer be into the game known as Pool: i.e., 8-ball, 9-ball, straight and doubles. At first site, one may be forgiven for thinking well, so what. However, there is much more to the plot.
However,its downfall, for this disappointed 62-year old reviewer, being a pool aficionado, whilst enjoying the movie, was that many of the shots were glaringly illegal - in terms of the current internationally recognised rules. However, most of them were extraordinarily dazzling.
Nevertheless, there are real people-playing characters on board this dramatic, romantic and violent but darkly humorous presentation. Moreover, its redeeming features comprise an exceptional big gun cast - Mars Callahan, Chazz Palminteri, Rod Steiger and Christopher Walken; the superb script and the atmosphere - thus the four-star rating.
This reviewer's title to this assessment relates to the 1961, THE HUSTLER original that no doubt inspired this production: E.g. - One scene witnesses the anti-hero, "Fast" Eddie - as he entered the hall as it opened early one morning - saying to his hustling partner, "...Yeh, like a church." POOLHALL JUNKIES, in an early scene witnessing considerable banter and repartee among the hall denizens, deliver the phrase, "...now, it's as quiet as a church." This and similar script and plot parallels, defines the link between the two. Therefore, if you enjoyed the former, the latter is definitely for those looking for more of the same and, in my judgement, a superior creation.
its crowning glory is that, most importanly has a good ending.